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TTN Giving Circle Upcoming Event Commitment to Literacy

Studies have shown a direct correlation between literacy and job attainment and ability to move out of poverty. Come listen and learn what leading nonprofits in Philadelphia are doing to improve literacy across our city’s diverse populations.

Wednesday, September 22nd
4:30PM to 6:00PM EDT
Virtual Event via Zoom
All Attendees $5

To register, click here

In light of this issue facing our city, TTN’s Philadelphia Chapter will be presenting a program on the literacy initiatives that three organizations, including two Giving Circle grantees, are undertaking to address the link between literacy and poverty.

Join us for a full hour and a half with speakers from Treehouse Books, Achieve Now and Why not Prosper. All three speakers bring a unique perspective to the issue of literacy as well as breaking the cycle of poverty. 

The literacy crisis in Philadelphia's public schools produces adults who struggle to read. Philadelphia ranks 92nd out of the 100 largest U.S. cities in educational attainment; only 23% of Philadelphians 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree or higher, 6% behind the national average-Achieve Now


To learn more about the speakers and the program click here

Children growing up in poverty are statistically more likely to enter the public school system behind their more affluent peers, often by a wide margin. More troubling is that poor students are more likely to attend schools that have less funding, lower teacher salaries, more limited computer and Internet access, larger class sizes, higher student-to-teacher ratios, a less-rigorous curriculum, and fewer experienced teachers than those their wealthier peers attend—thus widening the gap and perpetuating the cycle- Achieve Now

Giving circle 2021 grantees

Tree House Books

Michael Brix, Executive Director, Tree House Books, reinforced the impact the grant will have in realizing their vision to make sure that every child has access to books and every opportunity to fulfill their dreams and explore their passion.

With this grant, The Giving Circle of The Transition Network is investing in the community-empowering work Tree House Books does through our Literacy and Access to Books programs. We will be able to put more books into homes, free book shelves in community centers, and launch our new bookmobile initiative, the Traveling Tree House. We’ll also be ready to expand and relaunch our Literacy programs for kids and teens.” Michael Brix, Executive Director, Tree House Book


Why Not Prosper

Reverend Dr. Michelle Anne Simmons, Founder & CEO, Why Not Prosper expressed her gratitude for the grant and how it further enables their commitment to providing a “hand up” through its programs and services that support women in their re-entry efforts from prison to community.

We are thrilled to be a recipient of a grant from TTN Giving Circle. In fact, we are overwhelmed with gratitude. The ripple effect of your grant funding will not only help formerly incarcerated women to become self-sufficient and thrive, but it will also enable them to be the solid foundations upon which their families are built. Strong and flourishing communities come from strong and flourishing family units. When we address the needs of women reentering the community from the prison system, we are also helping to meet the needs of the children that were left behind from their incarceration.”  Rev. Dr. Michelle A. Simmons, Founder & CEO, Why Not Prosper

The 2021 Grants Cycle was unprecedented – a record number of Giving Circle members (128), a record number of Grants Committee volunteers (30), and our first-ever awarding of TWO grants for a record $50,000, at $25,000 each. The Grants Cycle is an extremely fulfilling process!  Both Tree House Books and Why Not Prosper further the Giving Circle’s mission by working to improve the lives of women, children and youth in Philadelphia. This is why we exist.


Want to Do Good and Make Someone Else Feel Good?

Send a Tribute Card, created to support the Philadelphia Chapter TTN Giving Circle. It’s a personal and heartfelt way to say Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, Happy Holidays, Thank You, Congratulations or Sorry for Your Loss. 

All funds raised will help the Giving Circle’s mission to improve the lives of women and children in Philadelphia. 

The cost is $25 for a packet of five. To purchase, contact Lori Krain


About Us

Please join us. The TTN Giving Circle is the philanthropic arm of TTN Philadelphia. We are a dedicated group of individuals who pool our giving dollars to support our mission to improve the lives of women, children and youth in Philadelphia. Passionate about making a difference, Giving Circle members not only pool giving dollars, but also conduct educational programs and other initiatives to raise awareness of the significant needs in the city. We also use our annual grant review process to learn and raise awareness of the areas in most need of assistance. Members understand that this method of collective philanthropy increases the impact of each dollar given. This is the POWER OF COLLECTIVE GIVING.

Since its founding in 2013, the TTN Giving Circle has provided more than $135,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia. Based on the generosity of our members, we plan to award an additional $50,000 in 2021, through two grants of $25,000 each. 

To learn about the nonprofit organizations we have supported, read about our past recipients.

The TTN Giving Circle is also working to increase the scope and diversity of our grant applicants. We believe that organizations that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) create environments that respect and value individual differences. Inclusive organizations foster cultures that reduce bias and make decisions better able to address systemic inequities. We are committed to equity, diversity, collaboration, inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability.

The TTN Giving Circle is overseen by an Executive Council. The Executive Council defines the Giving Circle’s vision, strategic direction and oversees its general management and operations.  Meet the Executive Council here.  The Executive Council includes five Committees, described below under “Volunteer”, that you may find of interest if you have the time and would like to volunteer your time.

The TTN Giving Circle is pleased to be a member of PHILANOS, a national network dedicated to supporting collective giving organizations. Our Philanos membership will provide us with useful information on Giving Circle activities, trends, issues, and best practices.


Thank you for your interest in The Giving Circle! Together we are working hard, by pooling our resources, to impact the lives of Philadelphia’s underserved women, children and youth. That is the power of collective giving!

We encourage you to think about The Giving Circle as a philanthropic choice, separate from the benefits membership affords. We are pleased to accept gifts at all giving levels

For those joining us for the first time, a gift of $200 or more permits you to become a Giving Circle Voting Member, which gives you the opportunity to help select our final grant recipients at our Voting Meeting in May. It also permits you to participate in multiple events hosted by the Giving Circle, and, most importantly, become part of a community dedicated to supporting vulnerable women, children and youth in our city.

To our current members, if you have not yet done so, please renew your membership now, and invite your friends to join you. 


All contributions made in 2021 will support our 2022 grants cycle. Please note that The Philadelphia Foundation, a community Foundation, administers our donor program and provides us with our 501C3 status

To make your gift by check, please complete this Donation Form and make your check payable to The Philadelphia Foundation. Send it to: TTN Philadelphia Giving Circle, 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, Unit 15C51, Philadelphia, PA 19130. The check and donation form will be then forwarded to the Philadelphia Foundation. 

To make your gift by credit card, join us now with ONE EASY CLICK!

When you make your gift by credit card, you will receive an acknowledgment from The Philadelphia Foundation in a few minutes. Please forward the acknowledgement email to us at:

Thank you, and we look forward to see both new members and old throughout the year!



The power of our Giving Circle is the generosity of our membership, including those who share their time and talent to ensure our impact in Philadelphia. Regardless of how much time you have to share, one of our committees will be happy to accept your helping hand. Please join us. 

TTN Giving Circle Committees:

Grants Committee – reviews the grant applications, plans and conducts site visits for potential finalists and recommends the final applicants for vote among the Giving Circle membership. The Grants Committee meets between JAN – MAY, and requires a commitment to a number of meetings needed to fulfil the review cycle. The 2021 Grants Committee is filled. To support the 2022 grant cycle, please contact the Giving Circle at the email below.

Development Committee – dedicated to increase the number of new members and donors, retain its existing contributors, and encourage higher levels of giving. It works most closely with the Membership Engagement Committee to welcome new members and create a rewarding experience for its full membership.

Membership Engagement Committee – recognizes the value of our members, building relationships with our growing membership and donor base, and working most closely with the Development Committee.

Program Committee – organizes and conducts compelling educational programing to further the TTN Giving Circle’s mission to our community through our understanding of the challenges facing women, children and youth in Philadelphia. 

Public Relations Committee – designs and implements communications that build awareness of the Giving Circle’s activities and achievements, drives attendance and engagement, and educates the broader TTN community on the needs of Philadelphia’s women, children and youth.

Help us harness the Power of Collective Giving! 

To learn more, contact and one of our committee leads will get back to you.


Contact Carol Cunningham, Giving Circle Chair, at

Material from, 20:18:01 September 22, 2021.
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